Luigi Alva tenor from Peru 1927-

Luigi Alva tenor from Peru 1927-

Luigi Alva Born: April 10, 1927 – Peru The tenor Luigi Alva was born in Peru, home of other noted lyric tenors such as Ernesto Palacio and Juan Diego Florez. He studied there with Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales, and made his debut in Federico Moreno Torroba’s zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. He went to Milan in 1953 and studies with Emilio Ghirardini later he was called from Giulio Comfallonieri to became a ”cadet” at the La Scuola di Canto (Voice Academy) at La Scala.

Luigi Alva tenor from Peru 1927-

In Italy Luigi Alva make his European debut at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, following that with his in la Piccola Scala in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto. His debut in Teatro alla Scala was in 1956 as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He was soon invited to sing at the most important European festivals and opera houses. At Glyndebourne, he made his debut as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. His Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1964 as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. Subsequently he sang with most of the leading companies in USA and Europe.

In 1960´s

In 1960’s and 1970’s there were few singers, let alone tenors, who could compare in sheer vocal elegance with Luigi Alva. Unlike so many, he never tried to venture out of his natural repertoire. Instead, he delivered Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti with great elegance and style for four decades. He was the foremost tenore leggiero of the third quarter of the 20th century. He was admired for his purity of tone, the elegance of his phrasing and the clarity of his diction. A Mozart and Rossini specialist, Alva still sets the standard for such roles as Don Ottavio (in Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (in Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Fenton (in Verdi’s Falstaff).

Luigi Alva co-operated with conductors like Otto Klemperer, Claudio Abbado, Nino Sanzogno, Herbert von Karajan and Carlo Maria Giulini. His duets with Teresa Berganza in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola are the hallmarks of the epoch.

In 1982, Luigi Alva returned to Lima to teach and left the stage in 1989. He sponsors the Luigi Alva Competition for young singers and gives master-classes. Alva now teaches singing at the La Scuola di Canto (Voice Academy) at La Scala in Milan.

In Swedish

Alva debuterade som zarzuelasångare i Lima 1949 och som operasångare 1951.1955 kom han till Europa där han gjorde succé som Paolini i Det hemliga äktenskapet på La Scala. Det ledde till framträdande vid festspelen i Salzburg , Aix-en-Provence,Glyndebourne och Edinburgh, där han blev speciellt känd som Mozart- och Rossinisångare,men han har också medverkat i moderna operor. Från 1963 var han knuten till Metropolitan,där ett av hans glanspartier var Nemorino i Kärleksdrycken

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:197440
New production
Falstaff {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/6/1964
Debuts: Luigi Alva, Leonard Bernstein, Franco Zeffirelli
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:197500
Falstaff {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1964
Review
[Met Performance] CID:197550
Falstaff {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1964
[Met Performance] CID:197600
Falstaff {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1964
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:197670
Falstaff {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1964
Debut: Geraint Evans
Review
[Met Performance] CID:197800
Falstaff {72}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/3/1964
[Met Performance] CID:197840
Falstaff {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1964
[Met Performance] CID:197910
Falstaff {74}
Metropolitan Theater, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/13/1964
Review
[Met Performance] CID:198010
Falstaff {75}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/22/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198030
Don Giovanni {246}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/24/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198070
Falstaff {76}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198170
Falstaff {77}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/4/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198250
Don Giovanni {248}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198320
Falstaff {78}
Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/16/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198350
Falstaff {79}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 05/20/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198400
Falstaff {80}
Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/23/1964
[Met Performance] CID:198480
Falstaff {81}
Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan; 5/30/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200180
Falstaff {82}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/31/1964
Debut: William Burdick
[Met Performance] CID:200290
Falstaff {83}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/1964
Review
[Met Performance] CID:200310
New production (Les Sylphides)
Les Sylphides {13} Don Pasquale {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1964
Debut: Diana Levy, Nicolyn Emanuel
[Met Performance] CID:200400
Les Sylphides {14} Don Pasquale {60}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200410
Falstaff {84}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200430
Les Sylphides {15} Don Pasquale {61}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200490
Les Sylphides {16} Don Pasquale {62}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1964
Debut: Christopher Lyall
[Met Performance] CID:200520
Falstaff {85}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200760
Falstaff {86}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1964
[Met Performance] CID:200850
Falstaff {87}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1965
[Met Performance] CID:200890  Opera News
Les Sylphides {17} Don Pasquale {63}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1965
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:200940
Les Sylphides {18} Don Pasquale {64}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1965
[Met Performance] CID:205450
Falstaff {92}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1966
Review
[Met Performance] CID:205510
Falstaff {93}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1966
[Met Performance] CID:205640
Falstaff {94}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/5/1966
Review
[Met Performance] CID:205670 
Falstaff {95}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/9/1966
Debut: Thomas Stewart
Review
[Met Performance] CID:205710
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {308}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1966
[Met Performance] CID:205740
Falstaff {96}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1966
[Met Performance] CID:205850
Falstaff {97}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1966
[Met Performance] CID:205880
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {310}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1966
[Met Performance] CID:206610
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {318}
Théâtre Odéon, Paris, France; 05/31/1966
[Met Performance] CID:206630
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {319}
Théâtre Odéon, Paris, France; 06/2/1966
[Met Performance] CID:206650
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {320}
Théâtre Odéon, Paris, France; 06/4/1966
[Met Performance] CID:212170
Falstaff {98}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/5/1967
Debut: Bruno Amaducci
[Met Performance] CID:212260
Falstaff {99}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212300
Falstaff {100}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212320
Die Zauberflöte {169}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212360
Falstaff {101}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/24/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212410
Falstaff {102}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212440
La Traviata {535}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/1/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212450
Die Zauberflöte {171}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/2/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212530
Falstaff {103}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/10/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212610
La Traviata {537}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212800
La Traviata {538}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212840
La Traviata {539}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1967
[Met Performance] CID:212890  Opera News
Falstaff {107}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1967
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:216520 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {321}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/7/1968
Telecast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:216610
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {322}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1968
[Met Performance] CID:216700
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {323}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1968
[Met Performance] CID:216750
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {324}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1968
[Met Performance] CID:216810
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {325}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1968
[Met Performance] CID:217190 Opera News
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {329}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1969
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:218300
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {330}
War Memorial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts; 04/26/1969
[Met Performance] CID:218360
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {331}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 05/3/1969
[Met Performance] CID:218420
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {332}
Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/9/1969
[Met Performance] CID:218570
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {333}
Northrup Memorial Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/24/1969
[Met Performance] CID:218640
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {334}
Detroit, Michigan; 05/31/1969
[Met Performance] CID:227030
L’Elisir d’Amore {113}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/23/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227130
L’Elisir d’Amore {114}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/2/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227310
L’Elisir d’Amore {116}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227380
L’Elisir d’Amore {118}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/1971
[Met Performance] CID:227500
L’Elisir d’Amore {119}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/8/1971
[Met Performance] CID:228590
Falstaff {108}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/1972
Debut: Christoph Von Dohnányi
[Met Performance] CID:228650
Falstaff {109}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/2/1972
[Met Performance] CID:228700
Falstaff {110}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1972
[Met Performance] CID:228780
Falstaff {111}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1972
[Met Performance] CID:228820
Falstaff {112}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/1972
[Met Performance] CID:228900
Falstaff {113}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1972
[Met Performance] CID:228960 Opera News
Falstaff {114}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/1/1972
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:229670
Falstaff {115}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/8/1972
[Met Performance] CID:229720
Falstaff {116}
Metropolitan Opera House; 06/13/1972
[Met Performance] CID:235540  
New Production
L’Italiana in Algeri {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/10/1973
Debut: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Review
[Met Performance] CID:235580
L’Italiana in Algeri {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/14/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235620
L’Italiana in Algeri {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/17/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235630
Die Zauberflöte {202}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235640
L’Italiana in Algeri {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235690
L’Italiana in Algeri {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235700
Die Zauberflöte {203}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235740
L’Italiana in Algeri {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235790
Die Zauberflöte {204}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1973
[Met Performance] CID:235830
L’Italiana in Algeri {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1973
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:235910 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Die Zauberflöte {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/1973
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:235960
L’Italiana in Algeri {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1973
[Met Performance] CID:236010 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {353}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/25/1973
Review
[Met Performance] CID:236100
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {354}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/3/1974
[Met Performance] CID:236150
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {355}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1974
[Met Performance] CID:236210
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {356}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1974
[Met Performance] CID:236340
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {357}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1974
[Met Performance] CID:240000
Don Pasquale {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/25/1974
Debut: Charles Caine
[Met Performance] CID:240090
Don Pasquale {74}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/3/1975
[Met Performance] CID:240140
Don Pasquale {75}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1975
[Met Performance] CID:240220
Don Pasquale {76}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1975
[Met Performance] CID:240340
Don Pasquale {77}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1975
[Met Performance] CID:240360
Don Pasquale {78}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/1975
[Met Performance] CID:240420
Don Pasquale {79}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1975

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